On Friday, May 21, 2021, the Minister General, Friar Carlos TROVARELLI, together with his Definitors, used the Zoom platform to conduct an online meeting with the Presidents of the Federations of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual.

Each session of the General Definitory devotes a few hours of its work to dialogue with the Federations. During the pandemic, this has only been possible via the Internet. The meeting with the Presidents of the Federations offers a time to share news about the Order’s various Jurisdictions, according to the Federation area to which they belong. It provides an opportunity to evaluate the various programs and documents that are produced by the Order, by the Jurisdictions and by the Federations themselves. Last but not least, it increases the sense of belonging among the friars, as they get to know each other better.
Each year, the meeting between the General Definitory and the Presidents provides for additional days to carry out more in-depth work. The pandemic prevented the meeting scheduled for June of 2020. This year’s meeting with the Presidents will take place on July 5-9, 2021, with the hope that most of the Presidents will be able to get to Rome and attend the meeting in person.

Friar Jude WINKLER, Assistant General for the Conventual Franciscan Federation